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Praise for Gary Gibson: 'Relentlessly gripping adventure'The Times 'To be considered alongside the leading triumvirate of British hard SF writers: Al Reynolds, Peter Hamilton, and Neal Asher'Guardian 'Gibson has certainly proved himself a name to watch' SFX

About the Author

Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. He lives in Glasgow. His previous novels include the Shoal series (Stealing Light, Nova War, Empire of Light) plus the stand-alone books Angel Stations, Against Gravity and Final Days.

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  • File Size: 1126 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0230748783
  • Publisher: Tor; Main Market Ed. edition (June 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230765386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230765382
  • ASIN: B00843OB6Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,612 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei in the Far East with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at More information about him can also be found at the website of his publisher, Pan Macmillan:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liviu C. Suciu on June 11, 2012
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INTRODUCTION: Scottish sf writer Gary Gibson burst onto the scene in 2004 with a very ambitious debut Angel Stations which made me a big time fan. While having some debut flaws like lack of balance and even too much ambition for the relatively limited page count, Angel Stations is not your "average" debut, but a very complex and mature novel that pays several close readings. His second novel, Against Gravity, quite different in tone was another hit with me and then turning his hand to "popular" new space opera on a galactic canvas and with all the associated paraphernalia, Mr. Gibson completed the Shoal trilogy of which its debut Stealing Light was my top sf novel of the year.

While planning a return to the Shoal universe at some point, Gary Gibson developed another fascinating universe, "The Founder Network" one - in the 22/23 rd centuries humanity develops wormhole based ftl, only to find a sophisticated ancient system of wormholes, built by the hypothetical aliens named "Founders", system that goes far away in space and time but comes with potentially major dangers as we learn in Final Days.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The Thousand Emperors is set in the same universe with Final Days some centuries after the events there and while there are some cool references to it at some point and of course the Founder network and tech is important even indirectly, the book is really a standalone as everything needed is explained.
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I like Gibson's work and this is the third of his novels that I've read recently. And in the same way that his "Marauder" is in the same sequence as a set of previous novels, but not immediately after them, "The Thousand Emperors" follows "Final Days" but is sufficiently later in the time line that you can read it standalone.

"The Thousand Emperors" is set some centuries after the tumultuous ‘Final Days’ of the previous novel, with Humanity split into the Tian Di, an isolationist culture with an Asian flavor and the Coalition, a post-Human society technologically much more advanced. Both societies have recovered from the Final Days in their own way, but the Tian Di is definitely the more moribund of the two, with its citizens having suffered considerable deprivation over multiple generations.

The plot is essentially an action-detective story, with Luc Gabion cast as a fish-out-of-water thrust into the (literally) lethal politics of the Tian Di's 'Thousand Emperors', immortal politicians who seem to have traded their benevolence for the lust to rule.

Luc works for the Government and has spent his recent career hunting down Winchell Antonov, a master terrorist with wishes to overthrow the Tian Di. Unfortunately, during their last encounter, Winchell injects Luc with some kind of nanotechnology that seems to be slowly taking over his mind. That would be bad enough, but Luc is then called upon to investigate the murder of one of the 'Thousand Emperors' and despite patronage from above, he's both out of his depth and increasingly out of his mind as he tries to fathom the web of lies that permeate the ruling elite of the Tian Di. Any one of which could have him killed with impunity, which adds appreciately to his stress levels.
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By Nick on November 19, 2013
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The story developed quite well. It had some twists and turns to keep you interested. If you prefer hard sci-fi you made find the lack of scientific premise disappointing.
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By Rashid Sial on April 24, 2013
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This is a great book, and I recommend reading the prequel before starting on this book. The ending is not what you expected.
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By Brian McLean on February 27, 2013
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This was excellent and a good follow up to his previuos book with some tasters for his next storyline. A good read.
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